HOW TO: Search Old Facebook Status Updates & Wall Posts

Remember your first Facebook status update? When you got the first like or comment for your status from your loved ones? If you search them on your Facebook feed, it will be deep down. So here is a simple way for it.

With the help of Archivedbook, we are going to find the old status updates. This site allows us to view all the old wall messages from your Facebook friends and all your old status updates. Archivedbook is a great way to review your Facebook profile’s history.

Search Your Old Facebook Status Updates & Wall Posts

  1. Go to Archivedbook. Now click on the Connect button and start remembering your embarassing Facebook past. 😆

Request Access

Now allow Archivedbook to access your profile, select the option ‘Allow‘.

Retrieve Old Status

Now it will retrieve the archived wall of your Facebook profile. Depending upon the number of status updates and wall posts you have it will take some time, usually it will be completed within seconds.

2009 FB Status Updates

In the above picture, you can see my Facebook status updated on the year 2009, look how childish they are. 😀 To the left side of the status updates, you will have the permalink, so that you can view it directly on Facebook.

Old Status Updates

You can also see the number of likes, comments and respective permalinks for the status updates.


Search Your Friends’ Old Facebook Status Updates & Wall Posts

Interestingly this site also allows you to search your friend’s Facebook status updates and wall posts.

You just need to select the specific friend from the drop down list and within few seconds it will display all the status updates and wall posts (along with number of likes and comments) with the permalinks.

Deepa's 2009 Status Updates

ALSO CHECK : 10 Cool Tips & Tricks For Facebook Users

Facebook, being an archive of sweet memories, helps us to connect and share with the people in our environment. So have you found this tip useful?

Google Instant – Save 2-5 Seconds Per Search

Google Instant is a new search enhancement that shows results as you type. You get to the right content much faster than before because you don’t have to finish typing your full search term, or even press “search.”

Excerpts from Google Instant,

“We are pushing the limits of our technology and infrastructure to help you get better search results, faster. Our key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type.”


Benefits of Google Instant :

  • Faster Searches: By predicting your search and showing results before you finish typing, Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search.
  • Smarter Predictions:The predicted text is shown in grey color directly in the search box, so you can stop typing as soon as you see what you need.
  • Instant Results: Start typing and results appear right before your eyes.

Fact : If everyone uses Google Instant globally, they estimate this will save more than 3.5 billion seconds a day. That’s 11 hours saved every second.

Will this new feature in Google click!? Please share your opinions as comments below!

Google Search Rankings Considers Site Speed

Google Webmaster ToolsGoogle officially announced that they are now considering the loading speed of a site in search rankings. Site speed reflects how quickly a website responds to web requests.

Post excerpts from Official Google Webmaster Central Blog,

While site speed is a new signal, it doesn’t carry as much weight as the relevance of a page. Currently, fewer than 1% of search queries are affected by the site speed signal in our implementation and the signal for site speed only applies for visitors searching in English on Google.com at this point.

MUST READ : 20+ Tips To Improve Your Blog’s Loading Speed

In the above mentioned article I provided 20+ tips to improve and increase your site’s loading speed, which includes many tools too.

Search Rankings
Optimize Site's Speed To Get Good Place

You can also try Site performance feature of Google Webmaster Tools. This shows you performance statistics of your site. You can use this information to improve the speed of your site and create a faster experience for your users. I think now it’s time to consider your site’s speed. I need to tweak my blog too… 😀

The What, Why And Whodunit – October 2009

Due to some reasons I was not able to publish this article last month. Regret for it. Happy that I got good response for W3 September 09. October was a fine month for me and for our blog. Got new friends, PR update and Sitelinks. I also got new doubts. Sharing some of them here. I wonder how this month will be, because I have my semester exams! 🙁

The What, Why And Whodunit is not link love. I love to ask questions. In this post, I’ll display some of those questions with their answers. I’ll also include good comments made on the articles in this blog. I want to share information I learned with my beloved readers.

DoubtsQ. The reason for switching from Blogger to Self-Hosted WordPress platform?

A. Amit Agarwal, Digital Inspiration : That’s a simple one. Self-hosted WordPress Platform gives you complete control over lot of things while with Blogger, you only have control over the templates and not the data.

Q. Which is the gadget that you are looking forward to purchase next?

A. John Chow, John Chow : Recent Gadget – I just got the Magic Mouse from Apple. It’s pretty cool actually. It is a mouse where the entire surface is like a trackpad.

Q. Which ranking system you prefer? Alexa, Pagerank or Technorati? Why?

A. Keith D’souza, Techie Buzz : I usually stay away from Rankings, Alexa is gamed. Consider this, a site which gets less than 100 thousand traffic per month is ranked less than 20K, and a site getting more than a million per month is ranked 15K. Pagerank is of two types, internal and external, so your external pagerank (the one shown in Google toolbar) will not influence your search engine rankings. I do trust Technorati to an extent, as their job is only tracking blogs and links to blogs, their authority system is much more transperant than the other two you suggested.

Q. In which blog you are interested to write guest article? Why?

A. Honey Singh, Honey Tech Blog : I don’t have enough time but i’ll suggest that we should write the guest articles on similar niche high authority blogs to drag wider buzz. I would like to write guest articles in labnol.org, make use of and for friends like himanshu (blogtechnika), harsh (shoutmeloud) and others. Human knowledge belongs to this world and Blogging is all about sharing and caring! More you share, more the other will care !

Use Google Smartly For Better Search Results

Google Search Operators

1. Force keywords

Some times, not all words mentioned in the Google search bar come up in the search results. This is especially true for searches with many keywords. It suffices to say that it’s Google’s way of giving you the most relevant results. To force a certain keyword or phrase to be included in the search,

Try to use “+”(plus) sign. For example, Typing in “Hell Bound Blogger Pradeep”(w/out quotes) will bring some results without one or more of those words. If you need the word “blogger” (which is a common word and hence Google may leave it out) type “hellbound+blogger pradeep”.

2. Either/or.

Google normally searches for pages that contain all the words you type in the search box, but if you want pages that have one term or another (or both), use the OR operator or use the “|” symbol (pipe symbol) to save you a keystroke. [dumb | little | man]

3. Quotes.

If you want to search for an exact phrase, use quotes. [“dumb little man”] will only find that exact phrase. [dumb “little man”] will find pages that contain the word dumb and the exact phrase “little man”.

4. Not.

If you don’t want a term or phrase, use the “-” symbol. [-dumb little man] will return pages that contain “little” and “man” but that don’t contain “dumb”.

5. Similar terms (Synonym Search).

Use the “~” symbol to return similar terms. [~dumb little man -dumb] will get you pages that contain “funny little man” and “stupid little man” but not “dumb little man”.

6. Wildcard.

The “*” symbol is a wildcard. This is useful if you’re trying to find the lyrics to a song, but can’t remember the exact lyrics. [Can’t * me love lyrics] will return the Beatles song you’re looking for.

7. File types.

Use “filetype: Searchstring” before you search query. For Example “filetype:pdf” will fetch you only PDFs. “filetype:pdf Five Point someone” will fetch you all PDFs related with Fivepoint Someone novel. You can use this for any file types including ppt,doc,xls or anything you want.

8. Advanced search.

If you can’t remember any of these operators, you can always use Google’s advanced search. Google has an excellent advanced search facility to help refine your searching. Rather than replicate this here, a PDF document can be downloaded at [www.google.com/searchguide.html]. Click on Advanced Search Tips in advanced Search Screen for more tips.

9. Cached pages (Find lost pages).

Simply click on the cache link (at the bottom of each search result), and that will retrieve the last saved version of the page that had failed to show some times. This is a powerful, extremely helpful tool when you come across old pages from Web sites that no longer exist or are no longer maintained. These are stored in Google Servers. If some websites takes longer time to load we can open the content through Cache option.

10. Excluding Unwanted Results.

The “-” (minus) sign is used to exclude certain words from your search. If you want to search information about 3.0 SoapUI Version Details, you’ll probably get a lot of results about all the soapUI Software versions. Instead of “3.0 soapUI” try “3.0. soapUI -2.5 -2.0 -1.7 -1.6”.

11. Calculator.

One of the handiest uses of Google, type in a quick calculation in the search box and get an answer. It’s faster than calling up your computer’s calculator in most cases. Use the +, -, *, / symbols and parentheses to do a simple equation.

12. Numrange.

This little-known feature searches for a range of numbers. For example, [“best books 2002..2007”] will return lists of best books for each of the years from 2002 to 2007 (note the two periods between the two numbers).

13. Unit converter.

Use Google for a quick conversion, from yards to meters for example, or different currency: [12 meters in yards]

14. Definitions

Use the “define:” operator to get a quick definition. [define:dumb] will give you a whole host of definitions from different sources, with links.

15. Putting Document titles to use

“allintitle”searches for pages that have all your search words in the title of the web page. So if you want sites that have “microsoft” and “knowledge” in the title type in “allintitle:(space) microsoft knowledge”….or even try “allintitle: fun net”..[Without quotes]

16. Searching by URLs

You can also search for terms that occur in the URLs of documents. For example, if you want to find the word “mac” in the sites that have “apple” in the URL, where “mac” may or may not be in the URL, use this “inurl:applemac”…the word apple will then be in the URL. Note that there should be no space between “inurl” and “apple”.

There are many more, so start googling smartly and use it to Max 🙂

This guest article is written by Malini Mohankumar. She has over 10 years of experience in IT of which development, testing and project management. Major profession is Software testing and project management utilizing mainly Microsoft’s technologies. If you wish to write a similar guest article, you can check our guidelines regarding it.

The What, Why And Whodunit – September 2009

Many people encouraged me to continue HellBound Bloggers’s new initiative The What, Why And Whodunit. If you want to know more about this series, you check our last month’s article.

The What, Why And Whodunit is not link love. I love to ask questions. In this post, I’ll display some of those questions with their answers. I’ll also include good comments made on the articles in this blog. I want to share information I learned with my beloved readers.

Below I mentioned some of my queries and doubts with answers made by bloggers aka friends ! 😉

Q. How long will you wait for a blog to load and why?

Qs and AsA. Sanjeev Mishra, Internet Techies : It should load within 3 – 4 seconds. To throw some light on it, as users are having lot many other options from SERP and they may change their mind if your blog doesn’t load quickly. To optimize your blog for fast loading, you should try Pingdom or any other service to check your load time. Try to serve the content as early as you can to engage your readers..

Q. Which Ad format you prefer the most and why you prefer it ?

A. Himanshu Yadav, BlogTechnika : Totally depends on the area where you are placing an ads, suppose you are placing ads below the title or in the middle of an article the text ads would be suitable but if you are placing an ads on the sidebar then you should go for image ad.

Q.Say out-of-the-box meaning for the term “HellBound” (as in HellBound Bloggers)

A. Liane, Better Blogging For Bloggers : HellBound – on a journey to discover something beyond the norms. A quest for new methods, might be not the usal thing you would do, but that’s just what makes it more exciting. To experience the thrill of blogging.

Q.When is a blog eligible to conduct contests ?

A. Lax, TechZoomIn : A blog becomes eligible only if it gets at least 200+ visits daily and entertains at least 100+ RSS subscribers. You can start without this also, but no use in my opinion 🙂

In The What, Why And Whodunit I’ll post some of my questions and doubts, of course with answers. I’ll ask mainly through blog comments or mails. I decided to make one post like this per month.

The What, Why And Whodunit – August 2009

I like to ask doubts and questions in topics which interests me. There are many ways for making a question answered or getting a doubt cleared. You can google for the answers and doubts or you can make use of forums. But both latter and former didn’t satisfy me much. Thats when I started asking all my tech-related doubts and questions to my blogging and tech-savy friends. I owe them a lot. I’m here because of them.

Even in their busy schedule they reply me with satisfying answers with references too. If they don’t know the correct solution, they will give suggestions. I’m proud to have relationship with cool bloggers.

The What, Why And Whodunit is not link love. I love to ask questions. In this post, I’ll display some of those questions with their answers. I’ll also include good comments made on the articles in this blog. I want to share information I learned with my beloved readers.

Below I mentioned some of my queries and doubts with answers made by bloggers aka friends ! 😉

Questions and doubtsQ. How will you explain the term “Blog” to a non-tech savy guy?

A. Arun Basil Lal,  Million Clues : A Blog is a online diary, a place to save and store your ideas online where others can read it and they can leave their comments on it. You can check this slideshow A for Apple, B for Blogging for reference.

Q.  Changing a blog’s theme affects the blog in any manner?

A. Harsh Agarwal, Shout Me Loud : When you decide your blog design and theme , you need to spend some extra hours to point down what qualities you are looking in your theme. Make sure it serves atleast these purpose : SEO, Typography and Ad placement.

Q. If blogging gives you more than enough money, then will you quit your job (consider u have one) ?

A. Simrandeep Singh, Tricks Daddy : Ya I will surely quit my job if blogging gives me enough money. Reason is simple. I don’t want to do a 9 to 5 job. I want my own work. Blogging will help me doing my own work as I can open my office to start blogging.

Q. Is it ok to manage two same niche blogs at the same time ?

A. Héctor Cabrera, Blogging Diary : Yes, if you can handle it. I know people that are running at least two blogs simultaneously and they’ve been successful at it. However, you gotta be extra careful. Trying too hard, too fast and on too many fronts can be risky if you don’t know what you’re doing.

In The What, Why And Whodunit I’ll post some of my questions and doubts, of course with answers. I’ll ask mainly through blog comments or mails. I decided to make one post like this per month.

BTW, last week  I came to know that some people got annoyed with the mails(with questions) I sent. I’m really sorry for that. I won’t repeat it. I regret for it. Sorry !

Tweetag : Browse The Twittosphere

Tweetag

Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, described Twitter as “a way to communicate online with people and also called this service as a poor man’s email”. The word Twitter is not a new word to a techie and even to a non-techie. But Conditions do apply.

Okies now we are ready to start. BTW, don’t think I’m going to review about Twitter. I’m going to review about the search engine for Twitter. We are going to review about Tweetag. It is a sort of search engine for tweets. You can use Tweetag as a search engine for Twitter, which allows you to view hot topics, most discussed topics and you can hunt for messages containing particular Keywords. It also suggests some keywords  to get the results easily. Tweetag is often described as the tag-based search engine for Twitter.

You can keep track of what is being said in Twitter about any topic and matter. As they say, it is the best way to stay connected with the Web Of Thoughts. Tweetag displays only public Twitter messages. And remember one thing that Tweetag is not affiliated with Twitter.

You can use Tweetag to monitor specific keywords and hot in the popular micro-blogging site. Tweetag even has their own API. This feature allows the users to integrate their results in a blog widget or any other third-party applications.

You can search for any topics on Twitter
Browse the Twittosphere using Tweetag.com

Tweetag is a cool new way to search Twitter or to browse the Twittosphere as their tagline says. For me Tweetag is a browserto surf Twitter. On the front page of Tweetag, you can see a tag cloud which consists of the hot topics discussed on Twitter currently. It usually consists of 40 most frequent, so you can get an idea about which is the most discussed hot topic in Twitter. You can easily find the priority of the Tags by the tag size of the topic as it is displayed on the Tweetag cloud. It is a great way to find a conversation you are interested in. You can search for the interested topic and reply and retweet them.

Arun in Tweetag

Tweetag provides more than that. You can even organize your results. You can reply/retweet to tweets or tweet the questions or quieries. Retweet is nothing but to repeat/quote someone’s tweet.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready to search Twitter! 🙂